(vhb) European Trade and Investment Policy and External Trade Law
Herrmann, Christoph, Prof. Dr., LL.M., Crämer, Judith
The course “European Trade and Investment Policy and External Trade Law” aims to build on existing knowledge in the field of European Union Law and very basic knowledge of World Trade Law in order to provide students with special and in-depth knowledge of European external trade and investment law as well as policy.

The course deals with three of the main topics of the European Unions’ common commercial policy: external trade law, customs law and investment law. Within the framework of the common commercial policy the Member States have nearly fully transferred their sovereign rights to the European Union, lastly through the Treaty of Lisbon (2009). Since the 1960s, the European Union has enacted comprehensive regulations on trade policy and has negotiated various comprehensive trade and investment agreements. The most critically acclaimed recent novelty in this context is the extension of the EU’s exclusive competence for the common commercial policy to include foreign direct investment.

The course is divided into four parts:

The first part (General Course Introduction) introduces participants to European trade and investment policy and external trade law in general by explaining what is to be understood under the notion of external trade law as well as foreign investment law (Unit I). Since the subject-matter of this course is rather research-intensive students shall also become acquainted with the different sources, especially electronic sources, through which relevant treaties, legislation, case-law and other information may be found. Therefore, a short introduction to researching EU law (correctly) will be given to prepare students to find the relevant documents mentioned throughout the units.

The second part (Part A), consisting of five units, deals with European external trade law. It focuses on the establishment of the European Union customs union and its relation to the World Trade Organisation (Unit II) as well as the actual application of EU customs law (Unit III). Furthermore, the historical development of European external trade law from the Treaty of Rome to the Treaty of Lisbon as well as current developments in this subject-matter will be presented (Unit IV). One of the important elements of the EU’s external trade policy are the objectives and principles upon which it is built as well as the instruments the EU has at is hands to implement it (Unit V). In implementing the external trade policy of the Union the division of competences between the EU and its Member States have to be respected as well as the different roles attributed to the institutions (Unit VI).

The two units making up the third part (Part B) of the course focus on the European external trade policy and constitute an in-depth consideration of the legal foundations laid in Part B. Thereby, the treaty-based external trade policy (Unit VII) will be considered as well as the autonomous external trade policy (Unit VIII).

The last part of the course (Part C) deals with the newest subject-matter of the EU’s external policy, namely foreign investment law. Departing from a consideration of the development of this competence pre- and post-Lisbon (Unit IX), this part of the course further depicts the division of competences in European foreign investment law in the context of Opinion 2/15 on the EU-Singapore free trade agreement (Unit X). Special attention will also be given to the rather internal than external trade policy problem of the continued existence of intra-EU bilateral investment treaties (Unit XI). The last unit will then turn to the establishment of a common European international investment policy and shed some light on the positions and roles attributed in the different actors involved and the proposal for a (multinational) investment court system (Unit XII).
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The course is aimed at students of law, international economics/business, European studies as well as governance and public policy programs and provides students with special and in-depth knowledge of the EU’s common commercial as well as customs policy and recent developments in the field of EU foreign investment law.
Anrechenbar f?r:
Studienangebote in anderen Sprachen > Studienangebot in englischer Sprache
Juristische Fakultät > Certificate of Studies in European, Comparative and International Law (CECIL)
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Upon successful completion, the awarded credit points can be used to acquire the
“Pflichtfremdsprachenschein” according to § 24 II Justizausbildungs- und Prüfungsordnung Bayern (JAPO) or the “Certificate of Studies in European, Comparative and International Law (CECIL)”.
Hinweise zur Anrechenbarkeit:
The course is taught in English.
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Heimatinstitut: Lehrstuhl für Staats- und Verwaltungsrecht, Europarecht, Europäisches und Internationales Wirtschaftsrecht
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